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The infamous inspiration for the novel which slowly corrupts Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray is translated by Robert Baldick with an introduction by. : Against Nature: A Rebours (Oxford World’s Classics) ( ): Joris-Karl Huysmans, Nicholas White, Margaret Mauldon: Books. Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans is a novel in which very little happens; Huysmans’ great A Rebour (perhaps better translated Against the Grain), is a.
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To ask other readers questions about Against Natureplease sign up. By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind grew sharp, his vague, undeveloped ideas took on form.
Huysmans’ work expresses a disgust with modern life and a deep pessimism, which led the author first to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer then to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Admittedly, the literary discussions, more removed from immediate detail, leave me a little colder. Joriss-karl Decadent Rants and Harangues This novel is a wonderful assemblage of prescient and decadent rants.
Closely arrayed, side by side, in the old frames which their broad shoulders filled, they startled one with the fixed gaze of huymsans eyes, their fierce moustaches and the chests whose deep curves filled the enormous shells of their cuirasses.
This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat His journey started as a child: Rebour strength is left to him he expends obsessing over art, literature, design, and even gardening, in dissertations on artificiality and garish morbid splendor that compose most of the book.
A dense drug trip. I have learned an enormous amount from reading it. What have they to look forward to? Sep 30, Lee rated it really liked it. As Roderick describes it, the mind is constantly under siege: Of course, the similarities may have been unavoidable when considering that both authors concern themselves with the period of haute couture and Faubourg Saint-Germain culture, and even chose the same aristocrat to model their own wildly eccentric characters on, the Comte de Montesquiou-Fezensac inspiring both Huysmans’ Des Esseintes huyysmans Proust’s Charlus.
Oftentimes, he’ll box himself up in snooty prejudices and hypocritical ideologies, but occasionally one will recognize measures of contemporary thought within his reminisces and desires, one of the most surprising instances occurring when he dwells upon the issue of abortion.
He sits and recites uuysmans he already holds, and fearing disappointment, seeks nothing new. That is why he locks himself away, alone, and refuses to see anyone. Yet they exert a strange magnetism for both protagonist and author. Every subculture becomes co-opted and sold back to the people for a profit, and the way corporations have maneuvered hipsters is brilliant. Finally, this particular edition, the Baldick translation it’s superbcontains a fine introduction and notes P.
Read it Forward Read it first. It was coated with a layer of bronze green on which glanced silver reflections.
febours And his being recommended to throw himself totally into city life – rather than a more likely prescription such as to try and get a bit of fresh air and find a few friends to chat to – is part of the decadence of absolute contrasts with which Huysmans was opposing the Naturalist school huysjans writers.
The pleasure is ours in a classic fable about illusion and reality Chapt. Baudelaire had gone further; he had descended to the bottom of the inexhaustible mine, had picked his way along abandoned or unexplored galleries and had finally reached those districts of the soul where the erbours vegetations of the sick mind flourish.
He pa Difficult to do this one justice. Not only does he fail to see this, but his very obsession is like the turtle killing him.
Or he may have spurned the work that occupies itself with trivial mundanities and contains not the slightest hint of elevated passions or feverish splendor. He reached the conclusion that the world, for the most part, was composed of scoundrels and imbeciles I thought perhaps that I ought to have stuck with the original theme that had played on my mind on finishing the book, a kind of Jesuitical meditation on the senses. Towards the end, Des E proclaims, “I am certainly on the road to recovery.
In another episode, he decides to visit London after reading the novels of Charles Dickens. Now I would simply say “you’re des Esseintes on a budget, aren’t you? I was confused, disappointed and embarrassed.
Jun 02, Geoffrey rated it it was amazing. And it could have been sheer coincidence that Huysmans’ delving into the cyclic throes of obsession and boredom seem almost a basic structure for Proust’s cathedrals of thought and memory. He knows as much about the ecclesiastic writers of the Church as he knows about the vagaries of wines and perfumes.
LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. I realize I read a library copy huysmas do not have my own. Des Esseintes moves on to date a ventriloquist, z he guysmans lie out of sight and enact odd, symbolist dialogues between statues of a chimera and a sphinx that he bought for the occasion.
The hero of this book, Jean des Esseintes, is the last of a line of distinguished aristocrats. The world will never know. What is it about these Decadent authors — Baudelaire, Huysmans, Barbey himself — that despite their obvious dislike of religion, they all ended up going back to the Catholic faith? His aesthetic opposes the artificial against nature.
He rrebours at an English restaurant in Paris jofis-karl waiting for his train and is delighted by the resemblance of the people to his notions derived from literature. Scott Moncrieff Prize for Margaret Mauldon He does show that staying at home doesn’t have to be boring though the richer you are the better in that respect.